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Far from education

Dear Editor:

Our media and country has lost moral clarity when it accepts Thomas Friedman’s “hope that it’s the education of Hamas” (“Israel’s goals in Gaza?” Jan. 15) that Israel’s massive bombings are about. How can one possibly think that savage killing, brutal mutilation, pain, starvation of a population, etc. can constitute “education”?

I sympathize with Israelis who live under rocket attacks, which are of course wrong, but the current Israeli attacks are only creating more hatred and do not address the injustices Palestinians have suffered for the last 60 years. (Gaza has eight refugee camps housing 492,299 of the 1,059,584 registered Palestinian refugees as of June 2008 per UNRWA.)

It is not OK to bomb civilians and children because Hamas and its weapons are mixed in with civilians; otherwise it would be OK for Hamas to throw rockets at Israeli civilians as some Israeli soldiers live with their parents and store their rifles under their beds. Anyone who cares about life, suffering and justice needs to speak out.

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Cathleen Krahe

Carbondale


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